Two of the 13 Turpin siblings, the children tortured and abused in what has been described as a “house of horrors” until their rescue in 2018, have sat down for their first-ever interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer to talk about their horrifying experience.
Sawyer sat down with Jennifer and Jordan Turpin for 20/20, and the experiences the two sisters describe are nothing less than terrifying.
The 13 siblings were reportedly chained up by their parents in their Perris, California home. They were allegedly beaten and tortured until Jordan was lucky enough to escape. She called 911.
"My whole body was shaking. I couldn't really dial 911," Jordan says during the interview, still traumatized by the entire experience. "I think it was us coming so close to death so many times. If something happened to me, at least I died trying."
During the interview, Jennifer and Jordan reportedly describe how they were deprived of even the most basic forms of hygiene, education, health, and much more for many years.
"Mother, she choked me," Jordan says, describing on particular time she was abused by her mother. "And I thought I was going to die."
This comes after the Turpin siblings’ parents, David and Louise Turpin, pled guilty to 14 felony counts in February 2019, including torture, false imprisonment, and child cruelty.
David and Louise were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for what they did to their 13 children.
"My parents took my whole life from me. But now I'm taking it back," Jennifer said in 2019 at her parents’ sentencing hearing.
The 20/20 special is set to air next Friday. It will include never-before-seen police body camera footage, as well as video and photos depicting the lives the siblings had to endure inside the home before their miraculous rescue.
"I want the Turpin name to be, like, 'Wow, they're strong, they're not broken,'" Jennifer reportedly says during the interview. "'They've got this.'"
“Escape from a House of Horror - A Diane Sawyer Special Event” airs on “20/20” on Friday, Nov. 19 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.